American Hospital Association releases guide to good governance for hospital boards

The American Hospital Association's Center for Healthcare Governance has released "The Guide to Good Governance for Hospital Boards," a resource for U.S. hospital boards and leaders. The guide contains a comprehensive overview of the key components of good governance practices, as well as templates and tools to support these practices.
Read More

Quality not a top priority for half of hospital boards in survey

Health Affairs today published a study surveying a nationally representative sample of board chairs in 1,000 U.S. hospitals. The results found that just half the boards rated quality of care as one of their two top priorities and only a minority reported receiving training in quality. This is the first national study of board chairs linked to quality performance.

Read More

AHA affiliate releases blue ribbon panel report on Trustee core competencies

The Center for Healthcare Governance (Center), an American Hospital Association (AHA) affiliate, released a reportCompetency-Based Governance: A Foundation for Board and Organizational Effectiveness”. The report includes recommendations for hospital boards of trustees, educators and researchers to better understand and practice competency-based governance.
Read More

Report: Community hospital board governance falls short of benchmarks

A report examining not-for-profit community health system boards finds substantial variation between current governing practices and “benchmarks of good governance” on issues such as controlling executive compensation, overseeing community benefit, and board engagement.

 

A team of researchers led by a professor of health management and policy at the University of Iowa between 2007 and 2008 compiled data from a mailed survey to health system CEOs; conducted a comparative analysis of systems’ three-year operating performance based on various data sets and cost reports; performed an analysis of systems against well-established governance benchmarks based on CEO survey responses, and visited high-performing systems, where they conducted interviews with board members.

Read More